Ben is a sociologist and his main research interest is the military in Australia. As a Veteran his research is focussed on the health and wellbeing of serving personnel and Veterans. Ben is the Head of the Veteran transition Research Group (VTRG) which conducts basic and applied research on the ADF, DVA and Veteran support services and policies. Ben writes about the cultural history of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Of particular interest is military culture and crime and the military. He is currently Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Grant titled "Institutional Abuse and Organisational Reform within the ADF (1969-). Ben is currently the lead CI on 2 grants investigating veteran transition and education. These studies explore how effective tertiary education is as a transition pathway, The second grant funded by the NCSEHE studies the ways universities understand veterans and govern their place in the university. Ben also researches men's violence toward other men and is using Virtual Reality as a pedagogical tool for education for violence prevention. This research focus is critical masculinity studies.
Australian Postgraduate Award 1998-2002
Australian Defence Medal
ARC Discovery: Institutional Abuse and Organisational Reform in the ADF (2018-2021)
Research Higher Degree Coordinator
Director, Doctor of Education
Vice-Chancellor's Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - JUN 2019
National Tertiary Education Union
Media commentary on civil military relations and military culture
Journal of Bodies, Sexualities and Masculinities
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